County News

January 7, 2020

4-H College Scholarships

Iowa 4-H members are eligible to apply for 4-H scholarships if they meet individual scholarship requirements (i.e. designated college and/or major program of study, county of residence, 4-H event participation, etc.)  Applicants must enroll as a full-time student (minimum of 12 credit hours) to receive scholarship awards. Only ONE application form is needed for all Iowa 4-H scholarships. Eligible Iowa 4-H youth may apply for more than one scholarship, however, only one scholarship per individual will be awarded per academic year. Please visit the links below for more information. 

To be eligible for any of the Iowa 4-H Foundation Scholarships 2 letters of recommendation are required - one from an Extension staff member or 4-H volunteer and one from a school/college academic advisor or teacher.  College undergraduates may submit both letters from academic advisors.

All 4-H scholarship applications are due February 1, 2020, 11:59 p.m. CLICK HERE FOR ALL SCHOLARSHIPS

January 7, 2020

Tuesday, March 3rd from 6:00-8:00pm at the Black Hawk County Extension office

This training is for:

  • 4-H Leaders who were not able to attend the Annual Training session on December 5, 2019
  • New 4-H Leaders that were not able to attend the New Volunteer Training on October 24, 2019 or wish to attend this session for additional information

All Black Hawk County 4-H Leaders who are eligible for this training will be invited to the session by email and receive further information on training deadlines, registration, and online options as applicable.  

January 7, 2020

Be sure to stop at the Black Hawk County 4-H Booth!

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January 6, 2020

Please read for important details: DEADLINE is JUNE 1st!

You must be certified to SHOW your animal at FAIR! You can check your certificate status on or call 319-234-6811 and we can check.

Two ways to earn your certificate:

• Do the Online YQCA Training for $12 by logging into www, by June 1st (see more info below) or

• Attend a FACE to FACE Training for $3 at Heartland Acres, 2600 Swan Lake Blvd, Independence, IA 50644.
_ Jan. 23 - 5:00pm
_ Feb. 20 - 5:30pm
_ Mar 19 - 6:00pm
_ May 2 - 10:00am  Register with 4honline credentials and pay $3 here.

December 27, 2019

Conference Registration will open in March 2020. Click here for more info!

December 26, 2019

Spring Hockey Nights: Download Flyer



All advanced ticket orders can be picked up from the Will Call table at the Young Arena Box Office.

December 18, 2019

Seventy-four military care packages have been mailed to Iowa soldiers deployed oversees. Each care package was packed full of snacks, food, hygiene, reading and other materials soldiers often miss from home as a result of a 4-H service project. 
Two Black Hawk County 4-H clubs solicited donations, raised funds to cover the cost of mailing the packages. Youth and community volunteers organized, inventoried and packed the donations while learning about customs and ways to support United States soldiers. The Lincoln Links and Black Hawk Stars 4-H Clubs worked together along with friends and community members to serve a need they identified for care items soldiers miss most. These care packages will benefit men and women deployed from Waterloo, Hudson, Boone and surrounding communities with extras sent to share with everyone in the unit. Read more...

December 17, 2019

Make a 4-H Dog Project to take to County Fair this summer!
Dog Project Workshop
Saturday March 21, 2020 
10:00am to Noon at the Extension Office
Learn to make Dog Treats, Paracord Leash or a Snuffle Mat.
Cost $5  


Please read here for Dog Obedience Classes and Practice Show

December 17, 2019

Black Hawk County - Dike Public Library, February 12, 2020  - 1:30 PM, Questions call 319-234-6811

See sites for other counties here.

Confinement site manure applicators and anyone interested in learning about manure issues should plan to attend a two-hour workshop offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in January or February. These workshops are offered in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. There is no fee to attend, but applicators will need to pay certification fees to complete certification requirements. “Iowa law requires confinement site manure applicators to attend two hours of continuing education each year of their three-year certification period or take and pass an exam once every three years,” said Dan Andersen, assistant professor, ISU Ag and Biosystems Engineering and coordinator of the manure applicator certification program.

December 13, 2019

Wednesday, January 14th, 9:00-4:00pm at the Waterloo Public Library, 425 Commercial St., Waterloo

Cost $75, Register here: or call 319-882-4275       Earn CEU's       Read more....      

December 4, 2019

STEM-Lit to Go! teaches young children about science, math, technology, engineering and literature through play.  Created by Iowa State University's School of Education. It's designed for students in kindergarten through third grade. Twelve kits to check out and enjoy! SEE VIDEO! SEE all kits available!

December 3, 2019

Congratulations to our 4-H award winners! Many 4-hers earned Record Book Keeping Awards for turning in a Record Book. Plus, many Project Awards where given for entering a Fair Project for 2 years or more along with filling out the award information paper work. Also, Excellence Awards where presented to the Senior 4-H members. Also, 4-H Alumni, Club Volunteer and Honorary Awards where given. Plus, special recognition for Leaders Years of Service! Many well deserved recipients were honored for their hard work!

Congratulations to our 2 Lions Club Winners at the Black Hawk Counties 4-H Award Banquet last Sunday night, they are Brooke Best and Will Fettkether! This award is given to outstanding 4-H club members who have developed an all-around 4-H experience. Winners have participated in a wide variety of projects, activities and demonstrated excellence in character and personal development!

And Congratulations to our Danforth "I Dare You" Award winner, Ellie Brown! The award is given to an individual who have demonstrated leadership qualities. The individual selected must have an alert and ever-growing minds, demonstrate community service, and possess excellence in character. See more winners here!

December 3, 2019

Beef cow-calf producers recognize the importance of staying informed on all aspects of their operation, and a new four-part webinar series from Iowa Beef Center will help them do just that. Iowa State University extension program specialist Beth Reynolds said the series is intended to provide timely topics for beef cow management and the opportunity to access the information when it's convenient for them, even if that means they cannot attend a meeting in person.

Dec. 11, Winter feeding management 
Jan. 22, 2020, Preparing for calving season
Feb. 18, 2020, Market trends, tracking and improving profitability
March 10, 2020, Pasture renovation, forage management


November 26, 2019

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Private Continuing Instruction Courses:
• January 7th - 1:30 PM (Pre-register, Save $5 by calling 319-234-6811)
• January 16th - ALL DAY Crop Advantage - REGISTER ONLINE HERE
• February 5th - 9:30 AM (Pre-register, Save $5 by calling 319-234-6811)
• March 10th - 7:00 PM (Pre-register, Save $5 by calling 319-234-6811)  

ALL Courses will be held at Tama Hall, Hawkeye Community College, 1501 Orange Road, Waterloo, Iowa Read more

Early registration for each location is $50; late registration made less than seven days prior to the meeting or on-site is $60. Registration includes lunch, printed proceedings booklet, private pesticide applicator recertification and CCA credits. REGISTER ONLINE HERE  or call 515-294-6429 or 

Private Continuing Instruction Courses Registration:
Call Extension Office 319-234-6811 in advance $20. At the door $25. See Brochure 
for Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification

November 14, 2019

Not in Black Hawk County, but see other counties schedule here.  

October 29, 2019



• Dec. 7, • Jan. 4, • Feb. 1 ...SHOOTING SPORTS and ARCHERY

9:00-10:45am - Shooting Sports    10:45 - 11:30am - ARCHERY

For questions contact Diane Wolfe, 319-234-6811. Or come and find out more! Open to all 4-hers 4th grade and older. You can bring a Friend, but if they are not enrolled in 4-H, they must do so by going to: enter as a new family and for the club choose Shooting Sports. 

October 22, 2019

See the tested and researched Apple Recipes from the National Center for Home Food Preservation. Thanks to Jill Weber for sharing her demonstration. See recipes here!

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